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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: doyles murphy <>
Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2006 19:25:36 +0700 (ICT)

DATE: 10TH OF APRIL 2006 . .
BATCH: EGS/ 22504002/03: REFERENCE: 15/0018/IPD
This is to inform you of the release of ASIAN PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS ORGANIZATION PRIZE DRAW, held on the 5th of April 2005, but owing to some mix
up of numbers and addresses and the holidays, the results were released on the 21st of December 2005.
Your name was attached to ticket number 085-12876077-09 with serial number 51390-0 that drew
the lucky numbers of 03-05-12-14-28-38, which consequently won the lottery in the 5th category. You
have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay of 1.000,000.00. (ONE MILLION UNITED STATE DOLLARS ONLY),
in cash credited to file with REF:N.EGS/3662367114/13. This is from a total cash prize of 70,020.225.00, shared among the twenty-five
international winners in this category
Your fund is now deposited with our Bank/Security Company Bangkok Thailand and insured in your name. Due
to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keepthis award from public notice until your claim has
been processed, and the money remitted to your account, as this is part of our security protocol, to
avoid double claiming and unwarranted taking of advantage of this program by participants, as has
happened in the past.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 25,000 names, email addresses
& official addresses, from Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North and South America, Middle East
and Africa, as part of our International Promotions Program.
We hope your lucky name will draw a bigger cash prize in the subsequent programs. To begin your lottery
claims, please contact our Co-ordinator as follows,
NAME: MR.Alfred Jones
TEL: +66-71073123
Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than 30th of March 2006. Any claim not made by this
date will be returned to HIS MAJESTYS DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY. And also be informed that 10% of your
lottery winning belongs to (THE PROMOTIONS COMPANY).
Because they are the company that bought your ticket and played the lottery in your name.
Note also that this 10% will be remitted after you have received your winnings prize, because the money
is insured in your name already
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference
and batch numbers in all correspondences with us, Furthermore, should there be any change of address,
please do inform our Co-ordinator as soon possible.
An original copy of your lucky winning ticket and your deposit certificate will be sent to you by
Administrative Remittance Operation Manager of Siam Citi Bank Bangkok Thailand.
Remeber to Add your
1) Full Name--------------------------
2) Age ---------------------------
3) Sex ---------------------------
4) Nationality --------------------------
5) Phone & Fax -----------------------

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Once again from all members of our staff and thank you for being a part of our
International Promotions program
We wish you continued good fortunes.
Howrd Murphy Doyles.
Vice President Asian Promotion Bangkok Thailand.

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